New tools to make your job search simpler

Google job search has new salary features                  Google

Salary information requires the baseSalary property within the job postings markup to be added. Now the tech giant wants to try to make the process a little easier.

"Searching for a job can be very time intensive, so people want salary information to determine whether a position is right for them in the earliest stages of evaluation", said Lydia Frank, Vice President of Content Strategy at PayScale.

To help the millions of people who turn to Google to start their job search, we worked with leaders across the industry to introduce a new experience earlier this year. But in addition to basic information about a job, Google Search will now reveal salary information - not necessarily how much a company is offering for a specific advertised position, but estimated salary ranges based on job titles, location, and the employer.

For more coverage on this search feature see Techmeme. To help, we're now adding an easy way for you to tell Google what search area to use when finding jobs that match your query.

With the updated features, you can search for jobs by location, from two to 200 miles away, or by selecting "anywhere". It won't completely replace job search or salary sites, but you won't need to visit them as often. If you've already put in the time to build out your professional presence or profile online (on Monster or CareerBuilder, for example), you might prefer to apply to future jobs on that same site. You can choose to show jobs within a certain range of your home, letting you pick between local opportunities or positions a bit further afield.

This isn't restricted to third-party recruitment platforms that have specifically partnered with Google, any company that lists salary information, including specific figures and estimates, can tweak their web pages so that they're included in job search results. And in the coming weeks Google will also allow users to save jobs directly within Google Search by hitting a bookmark button. Then that job will appear in your "Saved jobs" tabs on Google, which is accessible across any of your devices.

The comparison will help job hunters decide whether it's worth applying for the role. The company said it would continue to develop the features based on user feedback.

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